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Blackburn’s bill seeks to expand prior authorizations

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05/26/2015

WASHINGTON – Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., introduced a bill last week that would require prior authorizations for high-dollar DME.

CMS has some explaining to do

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More than anything else, the binding bids language recently passed as part of the “doc fix” bill sends a strong message to CMS that its competitive bidding program, as currently structured, is majorly flawed.

Bill paves way for oxygen providers

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04/14/2015

MADISON, Wis. – Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that allows HME providers to provide home oxygen therapy without a pharmacist on staff.

Senate moves to protect access to speech generating devices

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04/01/2015

WASHINGTON – The Senate has included language in its budget resolution that protects patient access to medical necessary speech generating devices, reports Tobii Dynavox, a manufacturer of the devices. The language comes from a bill introduced March 18 by Sen.

Bill raises standards for O&P

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03/24/2015

WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Mark Warner, D-Va., introduced a bill on March 23 that would apply accreditation and other standards for orthotics and prosthetics to help guarantee product quality and reduce fraud in the Medicare program.

NHIA schedules fly-in

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12/30/2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) encourages its members to fly into Washington, D.C., in February to meet with lawmakers to talk up efforts to require Medicare to pay for home infusion services and related supplies under Part B.

Bills get bump from fly-in

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09/16/2014

WASHINGTON – A legislative fly-in on Sept. 10 spearheaded by The MED Group and supported by AAHomecare resulted in 100 meetings with lawmakers.

Bill watch: competitive bidding, audits

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07/15/2014

WASHINGTON – A bill that would require providers to obtain bid bonds as part of future rounds of competitive bidding has 20 co-sponsors. H.R.

Bill caps off weeklong, full-court press on audits

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07/11/2014

WASHINGTON – Reps. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., and John Barrow, D-Ga., introduced a bill on Friday afternoon to reform Medicare’s audit program for HME.

Associations land champion for audit bill

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05/07/2014

WASHINGTON – Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., plans to sponsor legislation to fix Medicare’s broken audit system, AAHomecare and the North Carolina Association for Medical Equipment Services (NCAMES) announced today.

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